Join a docent for a 30-minute, in-depth look at an aspect of the museum’s collections or something special happening in the galleries. Included in general admission.
Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.
September 20 & 22: Grand Gestures
Much of the specific meaning of pre-Columbian sculpture is still shrouded in mystery. However, close examination of sculpted figures from various regions and cultures who seem to be singing, dancing, or participating in dramatic exhortations indicate the importance of these activities in pre-Columbian society.
September 21 & 23: Road to Santa Fe and Beyond
We will discuss Theodore Van Soelen’s Road to Santa Fe and Victor Higgins's Game Hunter, just around the corner. Both men were members of the Taos Society of Artists, and both were in love with New Mexico’s colors, people and lifestyle.
September 27 & 29: Spontaneous and Joyous Dance
Let’s look at American “flatboatmen" and "haymakers" in mid-1800s America – the music they danced to and the artists who painted them, George Caleb Bingham and William Sidney Mount.
September 28 & 30: Places In Time
The time – after the Mexican-American War, the place – the Desert Southwest. This exhibition showcases the photographs by Timothy H. O'Sullivan and William H. Bell. Come and hear about two young men who inspired the curiosity and wanderlust of so many easterners through their landscape photography.
October 4 & 6: Sitting Pretty: Chairs
Chairs have been around for as long as we’ve needed to take the weight off our feet. Over time, their design has varied – from functional to fantastic, clever to poetic. We’ll discuss chairs with modern edges and funky personalities that can fill a room and provide design inspiration to any space.
October 5 & 7: Shockwave: Revolution in Paris
Join us as we take a closer look at Issey Miyake's "Ikat-Printed Ensemble" and the “Bump Dress" from Rei Kawakubo of fashion label Comme des Garcons. See how Japanese designers influenced many western designers in the '80s and '90s, including Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, and John Galliano.
October 11 & 13: Birtwistle Paints Hockney
Adam Birtwistle’s portrait of David Hockney (both well-regarded British artists) is striking. Birtwistle has painted portraits of many prominent personalities, and this particular work is a fine addition to the Berger Collection of British paintings.
October 12 & 14: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics
We will examine the exceptional display of Japanese ceramics from the collection of Robert and Lisa Kessler, discussing their sculptural attributes as well as their historical antecedents. Unlike traditional Japanese pottery, contemporary Japanese ceramics emphasize shape, form, texture and color and aesthetics rather than functionality.
October 18 & 20: Shirin Neshat: Art In Exile
Shirin Neshat – internationally acclaimed photographer, video artist and filmmaker – first came to prominence in the mid-1990s when she exhibited her Women of Allah series. Her work is marked by its graphic boldness and stirring imagery, often including inscriptions of Farsi poetry.
October 19 & 21: Romero's Bank Job #2
We will discuss Mateo Romero, a contemporary American Indian painter, and his deliberately confrontational work, Bank Job (Bonnie and Clyde Series #2).
October 25 & 27: Venetian Art: Portraits Speak
If portraits could talk, what would they say? Join us for an in-depth study of Bartolomeo Veneto's Portrait of a Gentleman and Vittore Carpaccio's Portrait of a Lady with a Book.
October 26 & 28: Dunton's Bears
Cowboy, hunter, conservationist, artist… Herbert "Buck" Dunton developed a love and respect for the land and nostalgia for the Old West. We will explore how this passion inspired his works.
November 1 & 3: Cuatro Artist Danette Montoya
November 2 & 4: Performance & Posters
November 8 & 10: Shockwave: Fashion Deconstructed
November 9 & 11: Oscar Howe: Not Indian Enough?
November 15 & 17: Lighter Fare: Humor at the DAM
November 16 & 18: Casta Paintings: Social Views
November 22, 23, & 25: Secrets of Japanese Screens
November 29 & December 1: What is a Masterpiece?
November 30 & December 2: Venice: Grounded in Gold
December 6 & 8: Plains Indian Regalia
December 7 & 9: Three Kings on Horseback
December 13 & 15: Change Is a Comin’ to the West
December 14 & 16: Glory of Venice: Ave Maria
December 20 & 22: Charles Burchfield: Visionary
December 21 & 23: Spanish Colonial Furniture
December 27 & 29: Clothing & Class in Portraits
December 28 & 30: Asian Art & Star Wars™ Costumes